ST. LOUIS — A grand jury has cleared Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson of criminal wrongdoing in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch made the announcement in an evening press conference as hundreds of protesters gathered outside. He said the grand jury worked “tirelessly” to “examine and re-examine” all the evidence in the case—including, he said, 72 hours of witness testimony. McCulloch also scolded the media for its “unsatiable appetite” for details of the shooting.
After hearing all of the evidence, McCulloch said, the grand jury deliberated for two days before deciding that Wilson should not be charged with a crime.
Prosecutors presented evidence to the panel of nine whites and three blacks, mostly men, for three months. Wilson was among the witnesses who took the stand in his own defense, telling grand jurors his version of how the officer came to fatally shoot Brown…
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